Congress party organised a dharna and protest march throughout the city to give memorandum to district administration on the name of Punjab Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal over the issues of alleged drug menace, poor law and order and imposition of heavy taxes on urban people in the state on Thursday.
Partap Singh Bajwa President Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee attended the dharna and protest march along with PCC Vice President Gurpreet Singh Kangar, MLAs Ajaib Singh Bhatti and Ajit Inder Singh Mofar, general secretary PPCC Fateh Jung Singh Bajwa, former MLAs Harminder Singh Jassi, Makhan Singh, Bathinda Lok sabha constituency youth congress president Khushbaz Singh Jatana and Press secretary Rupinder Bindra.
The Congress workers sat in dharna at the Subhash Chowk and then marched to administrative complex where Bajwa and other leaders submitted a memorandum to the Additional Deputy Commissioner Rajiv Prashar.
Bajwa while addressing the party workers sitting on dharna said that Punjab was named after five rivers but the family of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had changed the nomenclature of the state by adding Sixth River of drugs.
Bajwa said that the involvement of some of promoters of Kabaddi clubs in the drug racket has also cast serious aspersions on Kabaddi World Cup being organized every year by Sukhbir Badal.
Bajwa said that the poor law and order in the state was worrying the people of state and he failed to understand what hampered the Chief Minister from acting against the criminal elements in his party.
Jassi said that it was ironical that Chief Minister had turned his back towards sufferings of the people and encouraging criminal activities by keeping quite.
Kangar said that the drug menace had crippled the state and drug trade has assumed a proportion of mafia operating under the political patronage by certain ministers and Police officers.
He said that the heavy burden of taxes on urban people had made their lives miserable and it is beyond the scope of common people to pay the taxes.
Narender Bhuleria, Ashok Kumar, Gurmit Singh Khudian, Raj Kumar Lambardar, Anil Bhola, Sukhraj Singh Natt, and Prof. Gurwinder Singh Mamanke also addressed gathering.